Board Members

The Vine Trail Coalition

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is led by an ever-evolving and responsive member board representing a broad spectrum of community and civic organizations including:

  • Land & Agricultural Interest Groups
  • Public Agencies
  • Economic Interest Groups
  • Environmental Interest Groups
  • Health and Wellness concerns
  • Youth Development Groups
  • Educational, Cultural and Arts Development representatives

The Coalition holds monthly board meetings (generally the third Wednesday of each month) and much of the our work and progress is done in committee. With the exception of the governance and executive committees, all committees are open and welcoming to non-board member participation.

Executive Director & Board President, Chuck McMinnCo-owner Vineyard 29 winery with over 30 years’ experience working in funding and starting businesses and non-profits  in Silicon Valley & Napa Valley www.vineyard29.com. Read Chuck’s bio here.

 Operations Director, Shannon Kuleto

COALITION BOARD MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS, REPRESENTATIVES & ALTERNATES


LAND & AGRICULTURAL INTEREST GROUPS

Napa Valley Vintners (co-founder) http://www.napavintners.com/
Becky Peterson - NVV Community Relations Director
Linda Reiff – NVV Executive Director

Land Trust of Napa County (co-founder)  http://napalandtrust.org/
Joseph M. Keebler – Land Trust project committee member and former board trustee
Doug Parker - CEO Land Trust of Napa County

Napa Valley Grapegrowers (co-founder)  http://www.napagrowers.org/ 
Walt Brooks – Vineyard Owner
Jennifer Kopp Putnam – NVG Executive Director

Napa County Farm Bureau http://www.napafarmbureau.org/
Peter Nissen - Grower and NCFB past president; Co-Chair Ag Respect Initiative
Sandy Elles  – Executive Director

Winegrowers of Napa County
Michelle Benvenuto – Executive Director, former Napa Planning Commissioner

       PUBLIC AGENCIES

Napa County Transportation & Planning Agency (NCTPA) http://www.nctpa.net/
Diane Dillon – District 3 County Supervisor  http://www.countyofnapa.org/BOS/
JoAnn MelgarStaff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors

NCTPA/TAC Public Planners  http://www.nctpa.net/bod-c/adv-committees/tac.html
Rick Marshall – TAC  Member; Deputy Director of Public Works, Napa County 
Debra Hight – TAC Member; Assistant Director of Public Works, City of St. Helena

ATAC - Napa County Active Transportation Advisory Committees of Napa County
www.nctpa.net/active-transportation-advisory-committee-atac
Eliot Hurwitz – Program Manager and Chair, ATAC (formerly Bicycle Advisory Committee)
Kate Miller - Executive Director, NCTPA

Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District  http://napaoutdoors.org/
Tony Norris – NCRPOSD Board President; Co-Chair Ag Respect Initiative
Michael HaleyNCRPOSD Commissioner, District 3 

California Department of Fish & Game http://www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/
(Advisory) Corinne Gray – Environmental Scientist, Bay-Delta Region

Napa County Law Enforcement
Sheriff’s Department  
http://www.countyofnapa.org/Sheriff/
      John Robertson –  Sheriff, Napa County

     City of Napa Police Department
 http://www.cityofnapa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=141
      Steve Potter – Patrol Captain

     California Highway Patrol  http://www.chp.ca.gov
       Mark Rasmussen – Captain Napa Office CHP Golden Gate Division

Caltrans District 4  http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/bike/
Beth Thomas (Advisory)  - Senior Transportation Planner, Office of Transit & Community
Planning, 
Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordination Branch, Caltrans District 4
Sergio Ruiz (Advisory) - Associate Transportation Planner, Caltrans District 4

City of Vallejo/Solano County  http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/GovSite/
Erin Hannigan – Solano County Supervisor, formerly Vice-Mayor of the City of Vallejo

Napa County Planning Commission http://www.countyofnapa.org/Commission/
Matt Pope (Advisory) – Napa County Planning Commissioner,
District Representative- Napa & Solano State Sen. Noreen Evans Office

     ECONOMIC INTEREST GROUPS

Visit Napa Valley 
http://www.visitnapavalley.com/
George Goeggel – Finance Chair,Visit Napa Valley; Auberge Resorts Principal, Director
Clay Gregory – President, Visit Napa Valley

Napa Valley Chambers of Commerce
Chris Canning – Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Mayor of Calistoga
Cindy SaucermanYountville Chamber of Commerce
http://www.calistogachamber.com/   http://www.sthelena.com/   http://www.yountville.com/
http://www.napachamber.com/   http://www.amcanchamber.org/

Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  http://www.napacountyhcc.com/
Ines DeLuna – NCHCC board trustee, Court Div. Supervisor, Napa County Superior Court

Calistoga Vitality Group  http://www.calistogavitalitygroup.org/
Dieter Deiss – CVG Board president and Calistoga Bicycle Advisory Committee

North Bay Association of Realtors, Napa Chapter  http://www.norbarrealtor.com/
Stefan Jezycki – Pacific Union Real Estate, Napa

Cycling Businesses of Napa Valley
Jake Scheideman – Owner, St. Helena Cyclery http://sthelenacyclery.com/
http://napavalleybiketours.com/  http://www.naparivervelo.com/  http://calistogabikeshop.com/

ENVIRONMENTAL INTEREST GROUPS

Sierra Club Napa Group  http://redwood.sierraclub.org/napa/
Charles Slutzkin – NC Resource Conservation Dist. board
Penny Proteau – Sierra Club Outings Leader, Tracking/Compliance Miner Family Vnyds

Sustainable Napa County http://www.sustainablenapacounty.org/
 Jeri Gill (Advisory)– SNC Executive Director
William Bennett (Advisory) – Project Engineer for nonprofit SNC

Friends of the Napa River http://www.friendsofthenapariver.org/
Barry Christian – American Canyon Open Space Commission; law enforcement (retired)
Tim Yarish – FONR Board Vice-President

      CULTURAL & COMMUNITY INTEREST GROUPS

Napa County Bicycle Coalition  www.napabike.org
Joel King – Co-founder Napa Bike, member Napa Trails Advisory Commission, ag biologist
Michael Costanzo – Executive Director Napa Bike

Health, Wellness & Medical Coalition
Elizabeth Glenn-Bottari – Vice President & COO Integrative Health,
Queen of the Valley Wellness Center 
http://www.thequeen.org/
Robert Diehl –  Vice President Operations, Queen of the Valley Medical Center  

Youth Development & Safety Education Coalition
Lucas Euser – Professional cyclist, Team SpiderTech  www.lucaseuser.com
Napa County Safe Routes To School http://napasaferoutes.org/
Anne Darrow - Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Napa County Office of Education

Rotary Clubs of Napa Valley
Rob Andreae – St Helena Rotary; principal, 5T Wealth Management; board chair, Land Trust of Napa County

Runners of Napa Valley
Dame’ Rahal – Owner, Athletic Feat Napa Running Shoes Store http://www.athleticfeat.com/
Hannah Euser – Live Healthy Napa County http://www.countyofnapa.org/LHNC/

Arts Council Napa Valley www.artscouncilnapavalley.org
Mark Joseph - ACNV board and American Canyon City Council
Olivia Everett – ACNV Executive Director; founder, Wandering Rose arts publication

 OTHER INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS & STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Founder, Board President, Capital Campaign Committee chair
Chuck McMinn – Co-owner Vineyard 29 winery, engineer, entrepreneur,
start-up junkie
www.vineyard29.com

Board Vice President
Dave Meyers –  former Managing Director of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Board Treasurer
Mark Richmond – Principal, LPL Financial www.lpl.com

Board Secretary
Mayra Martinez – St Helena Hospital Client Services  http://www.sthelenahospitals.org/

Outside General Legal Counsel (Advisory)
Jim Terry – Director, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty PC http://www.dpf-law.com/

Governance Committee Chair & Community Legal Consultant
Dave Meyers – former Managing Director of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Marketing/Communications Committee Chair
Gwen McGill –  Marketing and Public Relations Consultant

Route/Engineering/Grants Committee Chair
Philip Sales – Trail and Greenway Planning Consultant; Park Planning Chief, Sonoma County Regional Parks Department (ret.) San Francisco Bay Trail Steering Committee

Operations Director
Shannon Kuleto –Co-founder Kuleto Estate winery; St Helena Star Editorial Board member, Historian

Membership Director – Cailin Monahan

 2014 ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Please contact the committee chair if you want to get involved!

Route/Engineering: Philip Sales, Chair. Oversees the engineering of the trail including route selection, easements, engineering and construction firm selection and design considerations. Contact PSales@vinetrail.org

Grant Solicitation: Philip Sales, Chair (Herb Fredricksen, Past Chair). Working to identify and secure available public funding for a portion of the Trail’s cost. Contact PSales@vinetrail.org

Capital Campaign/FOUNDERS CIRCLE 2014: April Gargiulo, Chair  Organizes and conducts fund-raising of the private portion of  Trail capital. Contact April and our Executive Director Chuck McMinn at FoundersCircle@VineTrail.org

Marketing Committee: Gwen McGill, Chair. Communicates the aspirations and progress of the coalition through: web site, collateral material, speaker’s bureau, media outreach, social networks, business partnerships, Hispanic outreach (CONECTAMOS) and events. Contact gwendeaux@gmail.com

AG Respect Initiative: Co-Chairs Tony Norris and Peter Nissen. The guidelines found at AgRespect.org provide a starting place for Napa Valley travelers—visitors and residents alike—to appreciate the needs of the farming community throughout the year and the importance of respecting boundaries and rules. This cooperation keeps our farms and vineyards hard at work, cultivating the land and cultivating our shared future. Contact Tony Norris or Peter Nissen to learn more.

ACE Committee (Arts, Culture, Education Integration): Mark Joseph, Chair. Helps the Vine Trail function as a true cultural connector by facilitating the integration of arts, cultural and educational infrastructure, design, or programming elements into the ongoing and future design or use of the Vine Trail.  Contact Mark Joseph

Executive/Governance Committee: Chair/Chuck McMinn; Board VP/Dave Meyers; NVV/Becky Peterson, LTNC/Joe Keebler, NVG/Jennifer Kopp Putnam, Treasurer/Mark Richmond; Board Secretary/Mayra Martinez; Advisors/Jim Terry, Dame Rahal

Audit Committee: Chair/Dame’ Rahal; Mayra Martinez (board secretary); Elizabeth Glenn-Bottari (board member); Randy Gnagy (Brotemarkle & Assoc); Laurie Corona (local business owner)

And you! Please join us today…

 

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